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    Pussy Riot May Be Freed Thursday

    A member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who gave only her stage name of Grelka, wears a blue balaclava as speaks to the media in Moscow, Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Russian provocateurs Pussy Riot are back in action, releasing their first music video since three members went to prison last year for a prank denouncing Vladimir Putin. The video shows band members in trademark bright-colored balaclavas and short skirts, cavorting and shrieking atop an oil rig. Backed by hectic guitar and a drum fusillade, they pour oil on a large photo of state oil giant Rosneft’s chairman and liken Putin to an Iranian ayatollah. Pussy Riot member Grelka said after the video’s Tuesday release that “the main message is that Putin has spread the country’s wealth among his friends.” (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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    An amnesty bill marking the anniversary of Russia's post-Communist constitution in 1993 could allow for members of the Pussy Riot band and arrested Greenpeace activists to be released early, says Russia's state-run news agency. The law, which has been back by lawmakers in its final draft, would affect thousands of non-violent Russian prisoners as well as those on trial. The Russian government's human rights record has come under fire lately as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

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